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As the son of long-time White House Correspondent and Ronald Reagan Biographer Lou Cannon, you would expect to find Jackson behind a microphone, before finding him behind a bar. But Jackson can trace his love for making cocktails back to being 8 yrs old mixing Gimlets for himself and his father (his of course were straight Rose's Lime Juice). Cannon's path to the bar was circuitous. The Washington, DC, native bypassed the family profession - his brother Carl is also a journalist - and came to Boston in 1986 to study music at Berklee. Cannon then spent the next two decades playing bass with various bands, traveling the world and working as a booker at local clubs like Toad and the Lizard Lounge. Now today as the Bar Manager at Eastern Standard Restaurant in Boston's Hotel Commonwealth, Cannon works hard to bring customers out of their comfort zones, enticing them to try new exciting cocktails while preserving the classics, all the while maintaing old-fashioned customer service.